Re-drafted temporary registration guidelines

​Re-drafted temporary registration guidelines

The GDC has recently completed a review of temporary registration, which has resulted in a re-drafting of the guidelines that govern this type of registration. 

The re-drafted guidelines are separated into seven sections which cover:

  1. The definition of temporary registration.
  2. Posts suitable for temporary registration.
  3. The responsibilities of applicant when first applying for temporary registration.
  4. Documents required for temporary registration when applying for the first time.
  5. How the GDC operates temporary registration.
  6. Fitness to practise procedures in regard to temporary registration.
  7. Responsibilities for those involved in temporary registration.

The re-drafted guidelines in their entirety can be found here:

Re-drafted temporary registration guidelines - February 2013.pdfRe-drafted temporary registration guidelines (271KB, PDF)

When will the re-drafted guidelines come into effect?

The re-drafted guidelines will come into effect on 1 August 2013.  This means that a temporary registrant whose direction begins on or after this date will be working under the re-drafted guidelines.

Are there any new requirements for temporary registrants?

Applicants applying for temporary registration for the first time

The key changes affecting those applying for temporary registration for the first time are:

  1. All 1826 days of temporary registration must be used within seven years of starting the first direction.
  2. Non-exempt persons must show evidence of English language competency - please refer to point 3.3 in the guidelines for further information.
  3. Each direction must be a minimum of 180 days.
  4. Temporary registrants will only be able to work in a maximum of three hospitals during any one direction.
  5. Applicants will have to demonstrate they have completed 1600 hours of clinical experience which must be signed off by their previous employer - please refer to point 3.2 in the guidelines for further information.

Applicants renewing or restoring their temporary registration

The key changes affecting those applying for a renewal or restoration of temporary registration are:

  1. Renewal applicants will have seven years from the first date of the next direction, to use their remaining temporary registration days.
  2. Non-exempt persons must show evidence of English language competency, by submitting a single Academic IELTS Test Report Form, which should be no more than two years old from the date of issue.
    Please note: this requirement applies to all applications for directions which start on or after 01 August 2014.
  3. Each direction must be a minimum of 180 days unless, the applicant is applying for a renewal of their current direction.
  4. Temporary registrants will only be able to work in a maximum of three hospitals during any one direction. 
  5. Temporary registration renewal applications will have a declaration which states that whilst in their previous post, the temporary registrant has been neither involved in any incident regarding performance or patient safety or any other disciplinary proceedings.  This declaration will need to be signed by the applicant's previous supervising consultant - please see point 5.13.2 in the guidelines for further information.